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What we believe and teach: Woman

17 February 2016

What we believe and teach: Woman

holy-bibleGod caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and He made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man. Therefore woman was created for the man. However the woman was deceived by the serpent, for he deceived her into eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and she gave some to her husband, who ate it. Both of them, therefore, sinned in the sight of God and on that day they died spiritually. However Adam was not the one deceived, it was the woman who was deceived.

In Christ Jesus there is neither male nor female, for both the men and the women who have been regenerated by God are all one in Christ Jesus. Nevertheless God made man the head of the woman, and therefore the wife must submit to her husband, just as the Church submits to Christ Jesus. Therefore the authority on which the woman depends is man and the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head because of the angels, and this sign is the veil with which she must cover her head when she prays or prophesies. If a woman prays or prophesies (not only in the place of worship, but also at home and in the open air) with her head uncovered, she dishonors her head.

Women must adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and decency. Therefore they must not wear miniskirts, slit skirts, close-fitting dresses, sleeveless-dresses and low-necked dresses, costly clothing, see-through dresses, trousers, and any other dress which is not proper for women professing godliness. Let them wear long skirts and long-sleeved blouses. Furthermore, women must not braid their hair nor they must wear pearls and any kinds of jewelry. In addition to this, they must not wear make-up nor dye their hair. Let women have long hair, because it is a glory to them. (Men also must adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and decency. Therefore they must not wear shorts, close-fitting trousers and shirts, sleeveless and low-necked T-shirts, costly-clothing, jewelry, etc. Men ought not to have long hair for it is a dishonor to them, and they ought not to dye their hair) Women must adorn themselves with good works, which is proper for women professing godliness.

The woman is not permitted to teach or to have authority over a man, but she must learn in silence with all submission; therefore a woman can’t become a pastor and she can’t desire the position of a bishop, because both the pastor and the bishop must teach the Word of God. However a woman can desire the position of a deacon because a deacon is not called to teach. When believers are gathered together as a Church, women can pray and prophesy, but they are not permitted to ask questions for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

The older women must be reverent in behaviour, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; then they can train the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be blasphemed.

Women will be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith, love and holiness, with self-control. (Giacinto Butindaro, from http://www.the-new-way.org/wwbat/index.html)

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